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Lone Star Steeples
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In Lone Star Steeples: Historic Places of Worship in Texas, Carl J. Christensen Jr. and Pixie Christensen present sixty-five captivating and historically significant structures in exquisite watercolor illustrations accompanied by brief summaries and convenient, handcrafted maps. Ranging from stately edifices of brick and stone located in urban centers to more humble wood-frame chapels in rural surroundings, the houses of faith shown in these pages have one important trait in common: They have all served as centers of cultural identity, spiritual comfort, and public service to the communities in which they arose.

In their introduction, the Christensens write, “The journey behind Lone Star Steeples crisscrossed the state along back roads, farm roads, and state highways.  In these journeys and in the stories that were told, certain patterns began to emerge:  the pride of the people in building their churches debt-free, the perseverance of the people who endured their beloved church being destroyed by natural disaster once, twice, or even three times . . . the people’s recognition of the church as their cultural foundation, their moral foundation, their social center.” As the Christensens demonstrate, Texas is home to a remarkable diversity of people, and their places of worship reflect and celebrate that diversity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. David Ruesink
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Lost Churches and Road Warriors
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part 1. Historic Churches of the Texas Gulf Coast
  2. p. 1
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  1. Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Galveston
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Grace Episcopal Church, Galveston
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Church of the Guardian Angel, Wallis
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Houston
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Annunciation Catholic Church, Houston
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Christ Episcopal Church, Matagorda
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. First Presbyterian Church, Orange
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. Part 2. Historic Churches of East Texas
  2. p. 19
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  1. Zion Hill Baptist Church, Nacogdoches
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Old North Baptist Church, Nacogdoches
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Christ Episcopal Church, San Augustine
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Jerusalem Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, San Augustine
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Jefferson
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Union Missionary Baptist Church, Jefferson
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Reeves Chapel, Pittsburg
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Saint Beulah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Pittsburg
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palestine
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. First Presbyterian Church, Palestine
  2. pp. 40-43
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  1. Shelby Chapel, Athens
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Saint Joseph Catholic Church, New Waverly
  2. pp. 46-48
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  1. Part 3. Historic Churches of North Central Texas
  2. p. 49
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  1. Saint Olaf Lutheran Church, Cranfills Gap
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Norse
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dallas
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. First Presbyterian Church, Bonham
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. First United Methodist Church, Royse City
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Marlin
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. First United Methodist Church, Marlin
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Saint Peter Catholic Church, Lindsay
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  1. Temple Beth-El, Corsicana
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  1. McKenzie United Methodist Church, Honey Grove
  2. pp. 70-71
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  1. Our Merciful Saviour Episcopal Church, Kaufman
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. Part 4. Historic Churches of South Central Texas
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  1. Church of the Visitation, Westphalia
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. Wesley Brethren Church, Wesley
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Independence Baptist Church, Independence
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Liberty Baptist Church, Independence
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Saint James Episcopal Church, LaGrange
  2. pp. 84-85
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  1. First Christian Church, Lockhart
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Lockhart
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Saint Mary's Church, Praha
  2. pp. 90-91
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  1. Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Plantersville
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin
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  1. Part 5. Historic Churches of the Hill Country
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  1. Hilda United Methodist Church, Mason
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Fredericksburg
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  1. Zion Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg
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  1. Trinity United Methodist Church, Castell
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  1. Saint Louis Catholic Church, Castroville
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. Grace Episcopal Church, LLano
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Sweden
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  1. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi
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  1. Polly's Chapel, Bandera
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  1. Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church, Bandera
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. Saint John Lutheran Church, Crabapple
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  1. Art United Methodist Church, Art
  2. pp. 122-123
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  1. First United Methodist Church, San Marcos
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  1. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, New Braunfels
  2. pp. 126-127
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  1. First United Methodist Church, Bartlett
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  1. Wesley African Methosist Episcopal Church, Georgetown
  2. pp. 130-132
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  1. Part 6. Historic Churches of South Texas
  2. p. 133
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  1. San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio
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  1. Mission San José, San Antonio
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  1. Immaculate Conception Church, Panna Maria
  2. pp. 138-139
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  1. La Lomita Chapel, Mission
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  1. Part 7. Historic Churches of West Texas and the Panhandle
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  1. Saint John United Methodist Church, Stamford
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  1. Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Fort Stockton
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  1. United Methodist Church, Channing
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  1. Notes
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  1. Glossary of Architectural Terms
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Back cover
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